Priorities outlined for St Luke's School in 'special measures'

Priorities outlined for St Luke's School in 'special measures'

James Preston

Priorities outlined for St Luke's School in 'special measures'

The Royal Borough has moved to improve its working relationship with a troubled Maidenhead school and its interim executive board (IEB).

Ofsted inspectors visited St Luke's CE Primary School in January and found it to be making 'satisfactory' progress since being placed in special measures last year, but said the partnership between the borough, the school and the IEB 'has not been productive'.

Teacher recruitment and long-term staff absences were among the problems highlighted.

Michael Rosen, interim head of education and childcare services, met with headteacher Amanda Hough and Fiona Craig, chairwoman of the IEB, last week to clarify the responsibilities and accountability of each party.

The Royal Borough has removed its staff from membership of the IEB to strengthen its ability to hold it to account and will work with the board in setting up a full governing body by June.

The borough will continue to support the training of newly-qualified teachers while the IEB and headteacher take responsibility for ensuring the school has the right staffing.

Future priorities including raising attainment in maths and English were also discussed.

Cllr Phill Bicknell, cabinet member for children's services, said he was 'very positive' about the direction the school was taking. He said: "The headteacher has been in the post for just over a year and is doing a sterling job. It's impossible to turn a school around overnight.

"I'm not in the business of making excuses. Progress is being made and needs to continue to be made."


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